“Is it ever permissible to intern
American immigrants or American
citizens during a national
Explain your answer.
Read the quote ~
What does it parallel?
“ I remember my mother wrapping a blanket
around me and my pretending to fall asleep so
she would be happy, though I was so excited I
couldn't sleep. I hear there were people
herded into the Hastings Park like
cattle. Families were made to move in two
hours. Abandoned everything, leaving pets and
possessions at gun point . . . ." — Joy Kogawa
The Japanese American Internment
~Following Japan’s attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941, a
fear of more Japanese attacks caused President Roosevelt
to sign an order that resulted in the forced internment
and relocation to isolated desert areas of anyone
living in the west coast area that was of Japanese ancestry.
~The confinement of these Japanese-Americans would last
over 2 years.
Executive Order 9066
President Roosevelt signed
Executive Order No. 9066 in
February of 1942.
Executive Order No. 9066
empowered the U.S. Army to
designate areas from which
"any or all persons may be
Those of Japanese ancestry living on
the West Coast were to be relocated.
During that time, more than 119,000
people of Japanese ancestry, two-
thirds of them American citizens,
were living in California,
Washington, and Oregon.
One third of the population of Hawaii
was comprised of those of Japanese
descent, thus many of them were not
interned, however the islands were
placed under martial law.
Racism a Driving Force
“Germans, defend yourselves
against the Jewish atrocity
only at German shops!”
Internment refers to the forced
imprisonment and relocation of a group
How does some thing like this happen?
It happens when people in power remove
a minority group from the general
population and the rest of the society lets
Comparing the Japanese American
Internment Camps to Nazi Concentration
Camps . . . The transport . . .
Internment Camps Close in 1945
President Gerald Ford issued Proclamation 4417 in 1976,
which apologized to Japanese Americans for interment
during World War II.
In 1988, Congress implemented the Civil Liberties Act,
apologizing on behalf of the nation for the "grave injustice"
done to persons of Japanese ancestry. Congress declared that
the internments had been "motivated largely by racial
prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political
leadership." President Ronald Reagan would then sign a law
which authorized $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans
who had suffered injustices during World War II.
In 1990 President George Bush sent a letter of apology to all
Interned Japanese Americans.